Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Geotechnical Engineers in the United States take home an average $64K per year. Total incomes of Geotechnical Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $91K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Geotechnical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Geotechnical Engineers are male. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$46,111 - $89,271
(Median)
$46K
$64K
$89K
MEDIAN: $63,750
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$16.36 - $39.34
(Median)
$16
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,111 - $89,271  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
Profit Sharing
$82.43 - $7,197  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,973 - $91,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 810
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $39.34  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $43.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$82.43 - $7,197  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,973 - $91,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Geotechnical Engineers include Terracon Consultants, Inc., URS Corporation Inc., Golder Associates Incorporated, CH2M Hill, and Terracon. Employees at CH2M Hill enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $79K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $60K and higher ones not far away at only $99K.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey results imply that Geotechnical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Matlab, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Visual Basic, AutoDesk, and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Geotechnical Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $58K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $71K on average. Geotechnical Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Geotechnical Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,509

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Geotechnical Engineers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin (10 percent lower) and Philadelphia (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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National Average
$65,000

Matlab
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Project
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AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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